Trinidad and Tobago Pro League outfit, DIRECTV W Connection, suffered its second successive 4-0 defeat in the CONCACAF Champions League last night as the “Savonetta Boys” lost heavily away to Costa Rican champions, Saprissa.
Connection made four changes to the starting team that lost 4-0 on the road to Mexican champs, Santos Laguna, as technical director Stuart Charles-Fevrier inserted attacker Shahdon Winchester, Kittian midfield anchor Gerard Williams and ex-Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 players Maurice Ford and Aikim Andrews.
They replaced Jamal Charles, Jabari Mitchell, Christian Ocoro Viveros and Dimitrie Apai respectively.
But the quartet could not make Connection more competitive at this level.
Deyver Vega gave Saprissa the lead in the 31st minute with a superb solo effort while David Guzman doubled the host team’s advantage, five minutes before the interval. And substitutes David Ramirez and Dylan Flores completed the lopsided scoreline with second half items.
Andrews came close for Connection in the 60th minute with a crisp strike from the edge of the area that forced a full length save from Saprissa custodian Danny Carvajal.
But the scoreline did not flatter the Costa Rican outfit, which managed 39 shots on target to just seven from Connection.
The Savonetta Boys have now gone five Champions League games without a goal. Pacy striker Neil Benjamin Jr was the last Connection player to score at CONCACAF level and that was two years ago in a 3-1 loss away to Panamanian outfit, Arabe Unido.
The good news is that Fevrier’s troops are at home for the remainder of the tournament and still have their fate in their own hands as they host Saprissa on September 16 and Santos Laguna on September 22.
Realistically, though, Connection would probably be pleased with even a draw against teams of this stature. And a goal would be nice.
W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK); 21.Shannon Gomez, 4.Maurice Ford, 2.Kurt Frederick, 5.Triston Hodge; 16.Alvin Jones (captain), 3.Gerard Williams, 23.Kevon Goddard (20.Jamal Charles 46), 17.Aikim Andrews (11.Neil Benjamin Jr 83), 9.Shahdon Winchester, 10.Jomal Williams (34.Jabari Mitchell 74).
Unused substitutes: 22.Aquelius Sylvester (GK), 13.Kion Joseph, 35.Keston Julien, 46.Anfernee Frederick.
Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier